Hi Stephen, you are absolutely right.
Spare a thought for the Zionists, though. Consider for the moment the situation in the first decades of the 20th century. Racist anti-Semitism is sweeping over Europe. The polyglot empires of old are disintegrating into independent ethnically defined nation-states. The United States has embraced the Wilsonian Doctrine of national self-determination, at least as far as Europe is concerned. To many secular Jews in Europe, it must have seemed that the emerging framework of ethnically defined nation-states would be the primary organizing principle of society, at least in Europe.
Having tried and failed to achieve assimilation for Jews under the Enlightenment framework of individual equality and individual rights, these (mostly) secular Jews figured that the only way to secure the Jewish future was to seek collective assimilation for Jews as an ethnically defined nation state that would become a respected member of an international family of ethnically defined nation states. According to Hannah Arendt, “the Zionists, in a sense, were the only ones who sincerely wanted assimilation, namely ‘normalization’ of the people (‘to be a people like all other peoples’).” Consequently, the Zionists made tremendous efforts to transform a diasporic religious and cultural community into an ethnically defined nation-state with a specific piece of territory designated as its ‘national homeland’. Under tremendous pressure from European anti-Semitism, and focused on fully conforming to the norms of European ethnic nationalism, the early Zionists in the 1910, 20s, and 30s completely ignored the Arab inhabitants of Palestine and their culture and heritage.
Today, however, our civilizational norms have changed. After having run amok in Nazi Germany, ethnic nationalism has fallen from grace. The broad trend (with exceptions such as Russia/Ukraine, the former Yugoslavia, etc.) is away from racist/ethnic nationalism and towards multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-racial societies that value diversity over ethnic or racial purity, respect the culture and heritage of multifarious groups and communities, and do not place too much importance on standardized nationalist narratives.